The LNSS project commenced with the Project Kick off- PMC meeting held in Brasov in March 2016 where criteria and procedures for communications between partners, management and decision making structures and the functions of the Library Action Groups, Library Access Liaison Librarian and local project coordinators were agreed.
All partners have signed the Consortium agreement which will rule relations, methods of cooperation, disagreements, planning meeting agenda and the identification and agreement of control procedures, including problem solving procedures.
Preparation in the project has involved the implementation of Training and library needs detection, Library Strategic Review, needs analysis regarding Electronic library services, Mission Statement.
The Development phase commenced with ESP Training (Libraries and library terminology followed by the preparation of the ECTS Module Training Program + Training materials using the EU Tuning Method. This was followed by LNSS Curriculum Training in Limerick in the summer of 2016, the Piloting & Evaluation of the 1 st Piloting of the LNSS Curriculum in the PC.
Quality is ensured through the Library Action Group Strategic Review, the evaluation of LNSS Curriculum piloting and QA reports, QA Training (September 2017 in Crete).
Important activities and milestones for the Dissemination/Sustainability in the project include the LNSS National Awareness Days, Dissemination Workshops, LNSS modules testing & integration, the LNSS Online Platform, Final Project Conference.
The plan is to develop training program supported by ECTS modules (both hard copy in script form and online on project website platform) and embedded in curricula in PC universities, public administration institutes and disseminated through public and National libraries involving them in the process to ensure maximum transfer effect to society at large.
Training Content and Pedagogical Approach
In each case the required methodological approaches needed with respect to how to teach, and meet the needs of librarians and library staff are decided among the Consortium. Each partner designs relevant training programs to best meet their target market (i.e. University library staff, academic staff, students & student teachers, policy makers, public librarians) enabling flexible and responsive solutions that stem from an agreed set of principles and enabling all areas of libraries to be addressed. The pedagogical approach stresses communicative, learner-centered and a soft skills teaching approach. Following our needs analysis of the library situation in PC countries-these modules were identified to form the LNSS Curriculum:
LNSS CURRICULUM MODULES:
- Module 1
- English for Specific purposes (Libraries, library terminology and library access): this is targeted at all partners and will be integrated into official university and public administrations and where feasible public and national libraries.
- Module 2
- Marketing skills for librarians- Theory and practice- Creating Library Awareness Campaign Strategies for all learners and library users including people with disabilities.
- Module 3
- Essential management and transferable skills for librarians and library staff. This
module will cover:
- International Library Standards- IFLA, ISO, Library of Congress, NISO
- Negotiating the Library Strategic planning puzzle- strategic and business planning skills for librarians
- Effective customer care, service and strategies in Libraries
- Time management: prioritizing for time and workload
- Managing staff and Library Staffing Structures
- Communication and listening skills
- The Librarians guide to developing presentation skills
- Decision making, problem solving and Leadership skills for Librarians
- Job Interviewing skills for librarians
- Management of Change in 21st century libraries
- Modern Library Financial management, acquisitions and processing of library materials
- Module 4
- Information Literacy & Research skills- to help learners find and use information
effectively and ethically- this module will cover:
- International Information Literacy Standards- SCONUL, ACRL, ALA, ANZIL,
- Using Online Information Literacy Modules for teaching Information Literacy
- Mind the Information Gap! Knowing the critical information sources and resources
- Critically analyzing information resources
- Referencing citation and Avoiding Plagiarism
- Introduction to the Literature Review
- Using Electronic Library Databases for your research
- Evaluating sources of information
- Web & Internet search strategies for the Information Age
- Using Bibliographic software for your referencing and research
- Academic writing including Dissertation Writing
- Becoming a Subject Liaison Librarian: skills for collaborating with Academic staff
- Information Literacy for Entrepreneurship
- Train the Trainer: Teaching and pedagogical skills for Librarians
- Module 5
- Innovative online library services for 21st Century Librarians:
- Designing modern library web sites, online platforms and portals
- Online Public Access Catalogues (OPAC)
- Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Media for libraries
- Library Mobile "Apps" ("M-libraries")
- Virtual Reference and Ask a Librarian Services
- Electronic Documents Delivery and Inter Library Loans
- Federated search: new options for libraries in the Digital Age
- Using LibGuides for Library research
- Module 6
- The Electronic Library (According to current realities on the ground)
- Managing Electronic Library Collections: eBooks, E-Databases and E-Journals
- Introduction to Open Access and Open Source for Librarians
- Digitization, Preservation and Digital Services in Libraries
- Institutional repositories
- New standards in Cataloguing: RDA- Resource Description and Access
- Library Automation and Library Systems in Academic Libraries
- Module 7
- Access to Libraries and Society for learners with special needs/disabilities:
- Library Access Policy formation and planning
- Library Assistive Technologies
- How to conduct Disability Audits
- Inclusive design and services delivery for Libraries
- Disability Awareness Training
- Module 8
- Library Collection Development Policies: for any library- the Collection
Development Policy (CDP) is perhaps the most important library policy which
supports the library’s primary task of selecting, maintaining, and providing access to
relevant and representative information resources for all learners. This module will
cover essential CDP elements to develop quality, relevant library services and is
important for sustainability in the project. The Collection Development Policy serves
as a Blueprint and guide for:
- Selecting and deselecting (printed and electronic) resources for the Library collection.
- Sound foundation for future planning, thereby assisting in determining priorities, especially when financial resources are limited
- The wider context: Individual libraries are increasingly unable to provide all their services by themselves, they are banding together into cooperatives, alliances.